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Sharp launches smartphone robot

A walking smartphone robot has been launched in Japan by Sharp.

Beams Japan curating Paris showing

Beams Japan will present fashion and lifestyle products at the Atelier Blancs Manteaux to tie in with Paris Menswear Fashion Week.

Fast Retailing Japan aims for overnight delivery

Clothing group Fast Retailing Japan is streamlining its logistics with the aim of providing overnight delivery.

Park to replace Tokyo’s Sony Building

The Sony Building, a landmark in Tokyo’s Ginza district, will be torn down and replaced with a park.

Aqua City’s android has the answers

Aqua City waterfront shopping complex in Tokyo has an unusual lady who helps answer visitor inquiries.

Aqua City’s android has the answers

Aqua City waterfront shopping complex in Tokyo has an unusual lady who helps answer visitor inquiries.

Restructure for Rakuten Europe

A restructure of Rakuten Europe will see the Japanese eCommerce company exit two countries to focus on France and Germany.

Singapore home to unique online sake service

Rare editions stored in a snow cave for a year are being offered by a new online sake service in Singapore.

Online sake service for Singapore

Rare editions stored in a snow cave for a year are being offered by a new online sake service in Singapore.

Shiseido buying US-based Gurwitch Products

Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido has agreed to buy US-based Gurwitch Products from Alticor.

Korea clamps down on Chinese tour operators

An influx of dodgy Chinese tour operators has prompted the South Korean government to mount a clampdown.

Shiseido buying US-based Gurwitch Products

Japanese cosmetics company Shiseido has agreed to buy US-based Gurwitch Products from Alticor.